Friday, January 2, 2015

Snow squall leaves dozens of cars piled up on I-93 in N.H.



WCVB-TV VIA THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Authorities closed the northbound lanes of I-93 for several hours.
By Aneri PattaniGLOBE CORRESPONDENT JANUARY 02, 2015
A snow squall that came on like a “dense fog” left dozens of vehicles piled up on Interstate 93 in New Hampshire Friday morning, closing the northbound side of the highway for hours as authorities assessed the damage.

All lanes of the highway reopened just after 1 p.m., police said. It had been closed since before 10 a.m.

Some injuries have been reported in the two separate crashes near Ashland, N.H., according to New Hampshire State Police Lt. Jerome Maslan, but none of them were life threatening.

Thirty-five vehicles were involved, including a tractor-trailer truck that caught fire as a passenger car slid underneath it and ignited as well.

Ashland is close to Plymouth, N.H., and is more than 100 miles from Boston.

At least 35 vehicles were involved in a pair of pileups amid snow squalls on Interstate 93 northbound near Ashland, N.H. Friday morning.

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While the exact cause of the crash is still underway, Maslan said a rapidly moving weather pattern limited visibility in the area to almost zero.

Ben Coleman, of Bristol, N.H., whose car was hit twice in the pileup, said the snow came on suddenly and heavily.